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Tampa Bay Lightning and goaltender Dwayne Roloson agree to terms for one year, $3 million



Somewhat lost in what is, for the most part, a media-driven frenzy over Steven Stamkos, is the little matter for the Tampa Bay Lightning of signing a goaltender. That seemed to be a lot closer after Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman and the agent for Dwayne Roloson both said they were optimistic about getting a deal done.

Almost immediately after that came the news the Lightning and Roloson have agreed to terms on a one-year, $3 million contract. A signing is a formality and could happen any time.

Roloson was a terrific pickup last season, acquired from the Islanders for defensive prospect Ty Wishart.

He was 10-6 in the playoffs with a 2.51 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. That after going 18-12-4 with a 2.56 goals-against average, a .912 save percentage and four shutouts in 34 games in the regular season, helping solidify what had been the Lightning's black hole in net.

The question with Roloson is his age. He is a workout fiend (he exercises his eyes, for goodness sake). But he will be 42 next season and coach Guy Boucher admitted he sat Roloson for a rest during the Eastern Conference final with the Bruins. So, the one-year deal is not unexpected, nor is the salary.

With Roloson signed, Yzerman has a much clearer path to re-signing Mike Smith, who rehabilitated his career with the way he handled a demotion to AHL Norfolk, his subsequent return and the way he played in the playoffs.

It would be unfair for Tampa Bay to keep Smith hanging once free agency starts. Yzerman knows this, so the more clarity he has on Roloson, the better.

Anyway, all this after Roloson's agent Mark Witkin said, "I'm optimistic something will be done."

Yzerman on Tuesday expressed the same thoughts about Roloson (and Teddy Purcell, actually).

[Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 12:15am]


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